Health, Safety and Environmental Preventive Culture
It is fundamental to embed our Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Preventive Culture in everything we do.
There are many ways in which we ensure this culture is integrated throughout Bombardier, including through employee training and development, performance monitoring, site tours, continuous improvement programs and risk assessments conducted for all work activities, including prior to launching a new program or site.
Our five long-term goals guide our annual plans for HSE activities and are designed to help us reach our HSE Vision:
HSE experts are coaches & influencers: We encourage sharing of best practices on common issues throughout the HSE network to create synergies and built experience on lessons learnt following accidents.
Management is accountable for HSE and demonstrates HSE leadership: We conduct quarterly HSE reviews at the corporate level to increase HSE leadership of executives.
Strong and clear management organization: We communicate the HSE roles and responsibilities at every level of the organization to increase HSE leadership.
Process management in place to pro-actively identify and reduce risks: We establish processes to effectively identify and manage HSE critical risks. We collaborate with our Corporate Audit Services and Risk Assessment (CASRA) function to assess key HSE processes and embed them in CASRA’s regular audit program. With a continuous improvement mindset, CASRA brings a fresh look on HSE processes and helps challenge the status quo while promoting cross-functional collaboration between teams.
Leadership ensures continuous improvement through a set of world-class KPIs: We perform HSE governance with our internal and external stakeholders and analyze trends on HSE performance. We monitor legal compliance to ensure Bombardier addresses business risks.
HSE Management System
All of our sites are required to abide by our HSE Policy. A renewed HSE Policy was launched in December 2015. It has been revised to better support Bombardier’s HSE Vision and to emphasize management’s obligation to visibly demonstrate HSE leadership. Those sites that are eligible (facilities with more than 150 employees) have achieved certification according to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 and are ISO 14001 certified.
These standards guide our efforts to identify and manage HSE risks and impacts. They help us track and manage HSE risks and impact reduction programs across our manufacturing, service, maintenance and engineering operations. Systematically integrating OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 standards into our operating systems drives continuous improvement.
Every three years, HSE legal compliance audits are conducted by external auditors at eligible sites (facilities with more than 50 employees).
As our business is growing and evolving, we continue to face critical risks in multiple environments. Our company-wide transformation brings new challenges and uncertainties, but our focus must always remain on HSE through a consistent and systematic approach.
Unfortunately, we suffered fatalities in Transportation in the past years. Globally, these events triggered serious reviews of critical risks and processes in place. We are determined to continue the deployment of our HSE Preventive Culture and we are always striving for zero occupational illness or injury and to minimize our environmental footprint.